Dodecatheon clevelandii

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Dodecatheon clevelandii
Primula clevelandii
Shooting star (Dodecatheon clevelandii).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Dodecatheon/Primula
Species: D. clevelandii
Binomial name
Dodecatheon clevelandii

Primula clevelandii
(Greene) Mast & Reveal

Dodecatheon clevelandii, with the common name of Padre's Shooting Star, is a species of Dodecatheon. lt has recently been reclassified as Primula clevelandii, a species of Primula.[1]


The plant is native to California and Baja California. It is generally found in open grassland areas.


Dodecatheon clevelandii/Primula clevelandii is spring deciduous, dying back to the ground after the rains cease. It has basal clumps of leaves up to 40 centimeters long.

The flowers are magenta to deep lavender to white. They are nodding flowers each about an inch long on stems up to a foot tall.

This species hybridizes with Dodecatheon hendersonii, from which it can be distinguished by its green stem.


Named subspecies include:[2]

  • Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. clevelandii
  • Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare
  • Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. patulum
  • Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. sanctarum


  1. ^ Jepson: Primula clevelandii; (Greene) Mast & Reveal . accessed 11.20.2014
  2. ^ Calflora: Dodecatheon clevelandii
  • "Wildflowers of Henry W. Coe State Park" brochure, Larry Ulrich, 2002

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